Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: William Harold Mare

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: William Harold Mare

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William Harold Mare was born on July 23, 1918 in Portland, OR, the only child of Sally Gertrude (Knight) and Scott Mare. His early life was spent on a ranch in Eastern Oregon, and he came to know Christ through the influence of his Christian parents. During his high school years, Harold lived in Portland. He received his A.B. degree from Wheaton College in 1941, his B.D. from Faith Theological Seminary in Wilmington, DE in 1945, an A.M. the next year from Wheaton College, and finally his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961. Harold was licensed to preach and ordained in 1944, and served as pastor of the Arden Branch of the Independent Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE during 1945-46. On March 23, 1945 Harold married Clara Elizabeth Potter in Wilmington, DE. Clara went to be with the Lord in May, 2002.

Harold and Clara had four daughters, Myra, Sally, Nancy, and Judith, and one son, William Harold, Jr. Harold was an instructor in Greek at Faith Theological Seminary from 1946-53. He founded and pastured the First Bible Presbyterian Church of Denver, CO (1953-60), then pastured the Faith Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, NC from 1960-63. In 1963 he began a teaching career at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, concentrating on archaeology. That year he also served as the director and professor for the Near East School of Archaeology in Jerusalem. …

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